When we buy a new home, there are many ways we go about making it our own once we move in. Some homeowners love to paint each room a signature color that speaks to their soul, other’s take a particular room and make it their own space, a man cave, she shed, or library office. And then there are the folks who love dirt under their nails and flowers in their yards; these happy gardeners won’t be happy until the landscape of their dreams is a reality. This guide to the best things to plant in the spring will help all gardeners make their new Smith Mountain Lake property their homes.

Plant Smart

Native shrubs and flowers do well in the environment, as should be expected, so plant smart and keep it native. The Great Rhododendron is a beautiful native bush that offers a dramatic impact to any landscape. Offering deep green leaves and pretty pink or white flowers, spring is also when it begins to bloom, with the blooms lasting long into the summer. The Virginia Sweetspire is another popular bush, offering up tiny white flowers that grow together in an arch, similar in look to the ear of a wheat stalk. One thing we love about this native plant is the dramatic turn it takes in the fall; the leaves turn a deep and rich red adding to the autumn beauty of your garden. Summersweet, is a beautiful flowering bush featuring white and pink flowers that grow in clusters and filling your yard with an aroma that is sweet, alluring, and springlike in its scent.

Vegetable Gardens

One of life’s greatest luxuries is the ability to go out to your own yard and pick veggies to prepare for the evening meal and spring is a great time to start planting. This first list of veggies can do well in cool weather plantings and include lettuce, cabbage, onions, brussel sprouts and cauliflower. This next list does better when there is no chance of frost occurring and as such it is best to wait until April or even May, a list that includes tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini, and melons.

 Your Garden Makes Your Home

You can’t plant a garden if you don’t have a yard in which to do so, and Smith Mountain Lake Properties is here to help you to find the Smith Mountain Lake home of your dreams! Give us a call today!